PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage Moving Indoors to Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall


The ticketed portion of this weekend's Wide Open Bluegrass festival will be moved from the Red Hat Amphitheater into the Raleigh Convention Center in Exhibit Halls A & B. All current Red Hat Amphitheater tickets will be honored. Friday's peformances are sold out; tickets are still available for Saturday and can be purchased via or at the door at the event.

Tickets purchased for the shows at the Red Hat Ampitheater will be valid in the Convention Center and the process for entry will be the same: Bring your paper ticket to the exhibit hall and when you leave, you will get a wristband for re-entry.

"We are grateful for our strong partnership with the City of Raleigh. It allows us to move forward with the Wide Open Bluegrass main stage performances as planned," said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

In addition, the local organizing committee, in partnership with the IBMA, has a contingency plan for all free performances to move indoors to the Raleigh Convention Center, along with all vendors and other festival activities, if the current weather forecast holds. Organizers finalized the plans this afternoon and will make a final call tomorrow morning by 10 a.m. whether to implement the plan.

Our primary concern is for all event participants--attendees, performers, vendors, and sponsors--to be safe, and to have a jammin' good time.

Updated information will be made available via, on the festival app, and via IBMA's and various local social media channels and platforms.

Promotional banner for PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, Friday & Saturday, Oct. 2 & 3, 2015. Ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater, plus, free StreetFest! International Bluegrass Music Association. What song do you think Ramble, the banjo playing squirrel, is playing, with a pick as his backdrop, point down, between the words "Open" & "Bluegrass"? And how about that oak tree with a fiddle's strings as its trunk and the fiddle body in the with the roots, with the Raleigh skyline in the background? Thanks to Landon Elmore Design & Marketing for this year's branding work!